Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | December 10, 2008


               JOHN 13:7

NOT yet thou knowest what I do,
   O feeble child of earth,
s20busy20bee20on20orange20flower11Whose life is but to angel view
   The morning of thy birth!
The smallest leaf, the simplest flower,
   The wild bee’s honey-cell,
Have lessons of My love and power
   Too hard for thee to spell.

Thou knowest not how I uphold
   The little thou dost scan;
And how much less canst thou unfold
   My universal plan,
Where all thy mind can grasp of space
   Is but a grain of sand;–
The time thy boldest thought can trace,
   One ripple on the strand!

Not yet thou knowest what I do
   In this wild, warring world,
Whose prince doth still trimphant view
   Confusion’s flag unfurled;
Nor how each proud and daring thought
   Is subject to My will,
Each strong and secret purpose brought
   My counsel to fulfil.

Not yet thou knowest how I bid
   Each passing hour entwine
Its grief or joy, its hope or fear,
   In one great love-design;
Nor how I lead thee through the night,
   By many a various way,
Still upward to unclouded light,
   And onward to the day.

Not yet thou knowest what I do
    Within thine own weak breast,
To mould thee to My image true,
   And fit thee for My rest.
But yield thee to My loving skill;
   The veil`ed work of grace,
From day to day progressing still,
   It is not thine to trace.

Yes, walk by faith and not by sight,
    Fast clinging to My hand;
Content to feel My love and might,
   Not yet to understand.
A little while thy course pursue,
   Till grace to glory grow;
Then what I am, and what I do,
   Hereafter thou shalt know.

Frances Ridley Havergal from THE MINISTRY OF SONG



  1. Thanks for the blessing from Frances! 🙂

  2. Wonderful poem, Sherry. Wish I had time to read more right now; too “engaged” these days. Simple yet profound, soul-stirring/encouraging, God-glorifying … what more can one ask for in a poem? I “sort of” read this and her other poems, no doubt, as I was hurriedly typesetting them for David 4-5 yrs ago, but not at all in the careful, deliberate manner they are so worthy of.

  3. Thanks for your kind endorsements of the fine work of F.R.H. from two people who like others, labored hard and long, on the definitive edition of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL, now being prepared for publication. May the Lord richly reward you two and others for their labor of love and patience on this project!

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